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March 20, 2014

Mayor, trustees re-elected

Turnout was low Tuesday for three unopposed village elections. 

Mayor Jeff Katz, Deputy Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh and Trustee Lou Allstadt were all re-elected. There were 109 total voters, 94 on Tuesday plus 15 absentee ballots. Katz and Tillapaugh, who are Democrats, each received 103 votes while Allstadt, running as an independent but cross-endorsed, got 99 votes, 76 on the Democratic line and 23 on the Republican line. Frank Cappoza got one write-in vote for his former position as trustee.

Only 100 people voted in 2013, when Allstadt, Bruce Maxson and Joan Nicols ran unopposed for trustee positions. About 200 people voted in 2012 when Katz ran unopposed for mayor and Cindy Falk and Jim Dean ran unopposed for trustee positions. About 700 people voted in contested elections in 2010 and 2011. 

Katz said that he is excited to continue to work with the same group of trustees. 

“Where I come from, having the same group of people back is a big benefit,” he said. “We have a lot of work to do, and to have everyone on the same page how to proceed, to me it leads to better government.” 

With that continuity, village work has gone on unabated. On Monday the tentative budget for 2014-2015 will presented at the board meeting, and work will begin on the Main Street sidewalk project with the removal of trees between the Cooperstown Diner and Hoffman Lane. 

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